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Let's play spot the magic system (TWoK spoilers)...
Let's start with a quote from this BS interview:
So there are 10 orders of knights radiants, and 10 different surges. Each order of knights radiant has 2 surges, and each surge is shared by 2 different orders of knights radiant.
So what are the 10 surges?
Gravitation (used for basic lashings)
Pressure (used for full lashings)
Transformation (used in soulcasting)
What have we have already seen of the other 7?
Regrowth: in one of dalinar's visions (chapter 19: starfalls), we saw one of the knights radiant heal dalinar (heb) and heb's wife:
In the same chapter, the 2 radiants arrive using different means of transportation. The man arrives falling from the sky like a meteor. The woman is just suddenly there. These skills are probably related to surges of some kind. This is also consistent with a discussion among kaladin's bridge crew about the radiant's means of transportation (if they can instantly traverse space, why bother with flying? if they can fly, why bother walking on walls?). In fact, each radiant has only a subset of those skills.
Jasnah kills 2 fleeing thugs with a kind of transformation death-ray. This may be a variation of the transformation surge, (just like a reverse lashing is a variation of a gravitation surge) or it could be a separate skill.
Any other ideas?
Also, any info on which glyph corresponds to which order of knights or surge in the diagram above?
If we knew that we would know which surges can and cannot be combined.
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